The European Union's chief negotiator admitted that there is one thing missing from the Brexit deal with the UK. Michel Barnier said a whole chapter on foreign policy was not discussed. He told France 24: "According to the mandate that the European leaders, the 27 heads of state and government and the European Parliament, had given me, we have done almost all of what was requested.
"There is one thing that is missing in this partnership with the United Kingdom because the British did not want it.
"That is the chapter on foreign policy - defense, cooperation with developing countries, Africa in particular.
"They didn't want to discuss this early on. I regret this.
"I didn't understand it because it was sitting separate from commerce or homeland security, but it was important."Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Michel Barnier has admitted regret over the Brexit negotiations as he exposed what is missing (Image: France 24)
The UK left the EU formally on December 31 (Image: REUTERS)
It comes as police chiefs have expressed confidence in the UK's security agreement under Brexit, despite losing access to a European criminal database.
Senior figures at the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) told peers a "good deal" was in place after the end of the transition period, which largely mirrored existing arrangements, and at this stage they do not think it has left "gaps" in their ability to fight crime.
Earlier this month Government officials insisted the UK was not missing out on intelligence about wanted criminals after losing access to the European Union's Schengen Information System II (SIS II) database of alerts about people and stolen items such as guns and cars, which it has been using since 2015.
As a result, some 40,000 alerts on dangerous criminals and wanted suspects had to be deleted at the end